Participate in a climate vision for Harlem

Are you concerned about climate change? How it affects Harlem? You can participate in a local project called Pathways to Earthseed. A local climate organizer, Dominique Thomas is currently collecting responses for a survey around the experiences of Black Harlem residents. You can find the survey here. Her project is supported by the Climate Justice Design Fellowship through Harvard’s Institute of Qualitative Social Science (to learn more about this fellowship check out this link:

Her interests are in understanding the intersection of climate, abolition and Afrofuturism with Black Harlem residents and how our natural environment and physical space through a climate justice, racial justice and abolitionist lens. 

If you are interested, you can fill out the survey here. She will be offering a $25 giftcard to those that complete the survey. If you have any questions, you can reach out to her at [email protected]

Harlem Needs Bike Lanes

“Central Harlem has the least amount of bike infrastructure in all of Manhattan,”

Climate Change

When Harlem residents recall Irene, Sandy, and Irma – storms that have battered our city over the last decade – it’s clear that we are not only vulnerable here in Harlem, but the storms are going to keep on coming.

The US Army Corps of Engineers has been thinking about America’s largest city, and our position on numerous waterways, and has drafted a plan to better protect our city from the worst storms. The new report that came out last month envisions that the coast of East Harlem be fortified to protect our community from massive storm surges.

As you can see, the proposal for our community mostly consists of Elevated Promenade and Floodwall between the FDR/Harlem River Drive, and the Harlem/East Rivers.

Here is the full report:

Free Financial Advice

Sinergia Inc. (based in East Harlem) is hosting a free financial counselor at our office to help those who are seeking free financial advice from ARIVA.

Ariva works under the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs to offer these services and we have about 10 openings for scheduling on 10/26.

Please see the link to our calendar with more event details.

No Participatory Budgeting

Council Member Kristin Jordan Does Not Apply for Participatory Budgeting Funds

Harlem’s City Council Member Kristin Jordan has not applied for Participatory Budgeting money. As a consequence Harlem residents will not be able to propose exciting community projects that should be funded, nor will they then be able to democratically choose which of the proposed community project should receive funding.

Through Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC), community members — like you — directly could have decided how to spend at least $1,000,000 if Council Member Jordan had agreed to be a participating Council District.

PBNYC funds physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000 and have a lifespan of at least 5 years. Local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, streets and other public spaces can be funded through this process.

For more information on participatory budgeting, including how to get involved, visit

Listen to the Council Member’s report on Participatory Budgeting to Community Board 10.

KRJ – No Participatory Budgeting For Harlem

Note how non-Harlem neighborhoods are actively submitting ideas on how to spend $1,000,000 in their communities while Harlem is left out:

To see the full map:

HNBA’s October Meeting Zoom

If you couldn’t make our October HNBA meeting, here’s the link to view the Zoom:–bF2fBnMsZAhl41C9ddga5n63SNsMtpHFuJi5-CUGoyOSYbrIFGca69kuiUt2P.Yl1fjvWnFXR1WG_I?startTime=1665528513000
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Castro Visits Harlem (Again)

This photograph was taken on this date in 1995 when Fidel Castro returned to Harlem and spoke at the Abyssinian Baptist Church.

The photo shows Castro in his characteristic green military uniform, gesturing at the podium. This Reuters photo has additional information/context on the back:

The photograph was up for sale on Ebay.

Trunk or Treat

For the first time, the 25th Precinct will be hosting a Trunk or Treat Halloween Event. We are inviting the kids of our community to visit us at East 118 Street and Park Avenue with their best costumes and get some candy. We will have best costume awards, snacks and of course, candy.

This event will be on Friday, October 28th beginning at 3pm, until supplies last. 

For more information, or to get involved, please contact:

Police Officer Jaylise C​osme

25th Precinct Community Affairs

New York City Police Department

Cell: 917-941-7672

Office: 212-860-6526

Email: [email protected]

​Follow us on Twitter: @nypd25pct

Meet and Engage With Your Elected Officials on Oct. 26th

Join in a community forum at 6pm on October 26th.

Sugar Hill Petition

A new community group in Sugar Hill is protesting the oversaturation of Harlem. Their petition link and petition statement is below:

Petition Link:

Petition Statement:

Harlem should not have to bear the burden for the city homeless, mentally ill and drug addicted population.  All communities in NYC should bear their fair share of services.  Harlem is unduly burden with  permanent, temporary, emergency shelters, transitional housing, safe haven, stabilization beds, supportive housing facilities, substance abuse programs, Harm Reduction facilities as well as sewer treatment plants and Bus Depots.

Say No to the 1727 Amsterdam Ave Affordable/Supportive Housing Project and all other projects done under the cover of night, disguised as Affordable Housing and placed in our community.   

Say No to1727 Amsterdam  which will  replaced a health care facility with 120 apartments for  people with mental illness and drug addiction

Say No to the placement of facilities across from or near school or in areas that contain other shelters, supportive housing and drug treatment centers. 

Say No to the city providing loans to nonprofits and developer known for failure to fulfill it contract and/or misuse of funds.  Say No to the give away of taxpayer money under the guise of loans which may or may not have to be paid back.  BRC (Bowery Residents’ Committee) stated that they may not have to pay back the 80+ Million loan from the City.

Say No to Health and Hospital Corp  (HHC) reducing the number of Psychiatric beds and moving their patients into supportive housing, shifting the burden to the community.

If we allow BRC (Bowery Residents’ Committee) to develop 1727 Amsterdam Ave a project that has been in the works for 3 years under the cover of darkness, how many more facilities will be placed in our community without our knowledge or input. 

Our goal is to balance compassion with the demand that Harlem should not have to bear the burden and that all communities take their fair share. 

 Over saturation directly contribute to drug related criminal activities in Harlem and put undue burden on the police forces and merchants in Harlem.  It puts the community and our children in danger and degrades our standard of living.  We should not have to live in fear when leaving our homes. 

We Support 100% Affordable Housing and Fair Share.

The Safe Injection Site To Speak In A Public Forum

The Greater Harlem Coalition is hosting a public forum with OnPoint – the organization that runs the safe injection site on East 126th Street – on Tuesday, October 25th, at 7:00 PM. And yes, you are invited to join.

To learn more and offer your thoughts/opinions, please register here:

Please spread the word! Forward this to your neighbors, block association, friends, relatives, colleagues, and anyone else you know who would like to hear from and ask questions about the injection site.  This meeting is a rare opportunity for you to learn more and express your thoughts on the injection site and their plans to open 24/7.

Nightmare on 129th Street

The Harlem Rose Garden is hosting Nightmare on 129th Street again this year. Make sure to stop by with any ghosts or goblins that you reside with on Saturday, October 29th.

View of Harlem Plains, 1814

For sale on Ebay.

Pups on Parade! (October 29)

If your pup has a costume, head on over to Jackie Robinson Park for a pup Halloween costume party:

(Hopefully, your best friend won’t be as beleaguered as the pup in the photo, above.)

Drag has a great piece on a collection of photos from Halrem’s 1980’s drag scene.

The photographs were taken in 1984 by Mariette Pathy Allen who traveled to Harlem to photograph one night at a house ball.

By 1984, Mariette was married with two children, doing small photography jobs for publications while also documenting the transgender community that would later become the center of her groundbreaking first book, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them, published in 1989. While studying at Columbia University, her husband became friends with a man named Ivan, who was connected with people in the Harlem House Ballroom scene. Mariette received an invitation and decided to go, creating a collection of magical portraits from one night at the ball.

“The ball officially began at midnight and ran until eight in the morning,” Mariette says. “I arrived around 10 to photograph people getting ready. It began around 12:30, and there was an announcer introducing the categories like Face, Body, and Femme Queen Realness. Everyone looked amazing, so beautiful and young. They worked to put their costumes together, and everything was so precise. Even though it was a competition, there wasn’t any kind of meanness or fighting. It was a supportive environment. This was a happy occasion, where people were proud and presenting themselves at their best.”

The sense of community can be seen in Mariette’s photos, which capture both competitors and audience members at a time when few were documenting the scene.

“I have always been respectful to the people I photograph whether I speak to them or not,” Mariette says. “I’ve always been careful that people were aware that I was taking their picture and that they were comfortable with the idea. I was an outsider because I’m not trans, but I understand from a deeply personal level what it means to wonder who you are and to feel that you have to adopt certain roles as a man or a woman. Who made that up?”

See the full article, here.

Natu Camara at MGP

Natu Camara brings her energetic and very unique blend of West African rock and soul to Marcus Garvey Park on October 16, 3-7pm.

Her blend of rock, soul, and singer-songwriter tunes are infused with rhythms from Guinea, Mali and West Africa more generally. The stories she tells are personal ones that invite listeners into her experiences. The result is Natu builds a unique bond with her audience and transports them into her world. Commentary includes the struggles of personal loss, and the challenge of finding herself alone in a strange city.

Natu Camara will perform several songs from her upcoming album, the most notable transporting listeners back to her youth while spending time with her grandmother in her village. Palatable in the new songs is the sense of longing, distance, and time from this world traveler.

As Seen In Harlem

Langston Hughes on E. 117th Street.